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What SAL’s Reading: Spring Edition




Margot Case, WITS Writer-in-Residence: Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth, Dawn Tripp’s Georgia, Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation, Patti Smith’s M Train, Boris Fishman’s Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and Chris Beam’s To the End of June.






Amelia Peacock, Community Engagement Coordinator: Maybe it’s all the sunshine and spring fever, but I’ve been having trouble finding my next read this month. I will make a book selection, get a few chapters in, then abandon it. This behavior is very unlike me as I usually stick with a book until the end, no skipping or skimming. I’m trying to refocus and dig through my never-ending list for the titles I’ve been meaning to pick up for a long time. I’m excited to finally read to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen for the second reading circle event next week on Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Northwest African American Museum (shameless marketing plug).



I’m also hoping to get a head start on some of next season’s authors now that our 2016/17 Season is announced and the hold lists at the library are growing longer and longer with the spring days. First up, Anne Patchett’s, a title that has topped my list from the very beginning!






Ruth Dickey, Executive Director: This spring, in addition to reading SAL authors, I’m reading books by old friends: Sjohnna

McCray’s beautiful debut, Rapture; Christine Sneed’s entrancing novel, Paris, He Said; and Dan Albergotti’s new book of poems, Millennial Teeth.





Alison Stagner, Events Coordinator & Sonder Editor: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie has me cackling like a weirdo on the bus these days. Besides an impending marriage and a lot of squirrels, I’m not sure what it’s about yet (I’ll let you know as soon as I find out). In the meantime, enjoy this picture from page 236:


(Photo of Ann Patchett at her bookstore, Parnassus Books, by Heidi Ross.)

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